His contribution to rock history is narrow – from late 1965 to to the end of 1967 – but it is deep. He was the singer and main composer of the 13th Floor Elevators, but his life was governed by chaos and ill-health.’ #RIP
Sad news. Roky had a rough go of it the last part of his life but got it back together for a good, long final run. He was a trail-blazer — doing things with his pen, his band, his voice and his guitar — long before others. Some say he didn’t get his props (it did start to come lately thanks to Dave Grohl) but that simply didn’t matter to Roky.
Roky Erickson, frontman for psychedelic band the 13th Floor Elevators and a leading light of Texas rock, died Friday. He was 71.